Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002842 

Received: 11/17/2013 11:03:00 PM
Commenter: Stephen Rosenman
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Stephen Rosenman <sjr91@comcast.net> Sent:Sunday, November 17, 2013 10:43 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, in particular in Washington (including the proposed terminal in Longview WA) or Oregon, which would involve transporting coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

-->Coal is a killer and there is no good reason to continue developing it as an energy source when other technologies are much cleaner.

-->Coal is the biggest U.S. source of emitted CO2, which is responsible for global warming. The past decade is the warmest in recorded history and scientists are unanimous that human industrial activity is causing this warming. You cannot choose to "believe" otherwise, just as you cannot choose to "believe" that gravity won't make a shovel fall out of your hand if you drop it. We have already passed 400 ppm CO2 in our atmosphere when 350 ppm is the level beyond which climate change is inevitable. We don't let watchmakers put toxic radium in wristwatches anymore--why should we keep putting toxic coal into the air we breathe?

-->Coal burning also adds sulfur dioxide (SO2), ash, soot, and toxins to our air and waterways. SO2 contributes to acid rain and ocean acidification, which is killing our marine life, as recently reported in the Seattle Times. The Pacific Northwest depends heavily on its fisheries and these are already being poisoned by lower pH resulting from fossil fuel burning.

-->Coal mining and coal burning add toxic ash, mercury, arsenic, chromium and cadmium to our air and water; these and other toxic coal pollutants are associated with cancer and respiratory disease.

-->Coal mining destroys forests, lakes, rivers, even entire mountaintops, and dumps wastes into our watersheds. Particulate coal dust from storage piles and train cars contaminates our air and causes lung disease. Diesel exhaust from locomotives pulling coal trains also pollutes our air, water and land and contributes to lung disease.

-->China has already surpassed the U.S. in CO2 contamination by coal burning, and China lacks a free democracy by which concerned citizens can challenge these practices. We cannot in good conscience ship more coal to China just to have it pollute the air and water and contribute to global warming.

-->You cannot put a price tag on health and clean air and water. To say that coal creates jobs is short- sighted because it kills fisheries and fisheries jobs, and also induces respiratory diseases and cancer.

-->It makes no sense to kill off sustainable fisheries jobs in the name of creating unsustainable coal jobs, while making thousands of people sick with serious illnesses at a time when trying to lower health care costs is a pressing concern.

The proposal for a coal export terminal in Longview, WA would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

Stephen Rosenman 8260 Avalon Drive Mercer Island, WA 98040 206-236-1041